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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
 

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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
June 1, 2017
Applegren Construction, Inc.
Central Specialties, Inc
Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Degelman Industries USA Ltd
Dirty Dog Digging & Trucking
EnerMech Mechanical Services, Inc
HIT Inc
Jack Jones
Nabors Drilling
Next Generation Construction & Environmental, LLC
Pennsylvania Perlite Corp
Probst Electric, Inc.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court
Summit Line Construction, Inc.
 
Renewing Members as of 
June 1, 2017
Almer's Construction
Apex Engineering Group, Inc.
B & B Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Bakken Transload
Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel
Bilfinger Westcon
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Border States Electric
Braun Intertec Corporation
City of Maddock
City of Minot
Comstock Construction
CS Doors
Dakota Communications, Inc.
Dakota Electric Construction Co.
Diamond H Service LLC
Ditch Witch of North Dakota
Edsons Construction LLC
Electric Scientific Co
Excavation Services & Aggregate, LLC
Farmers Union Oil Co
FCI Constructors, Inc
Gratech Company Ltd.
GW & Sons Construction, Inc.
Harris Companies
H-B Construction LLC
Heritage Electric, Inc
Hight Construction
Hlebechuk Construction, Inc.
Home on The Range
Image Printing Inc
Integrity Windows & Doors
JR Simplot Company
Maertens-Brenny Construction Co.
MMR Constructors
ND Telephone Company
Nooter Construction Company
North Prairie Rural Water District
Northern Plains Heating and Air
Oppegard Implement Company
Rain for Rent
RDO Truck Centers
Rockpile Energy
Six D Construction
Southwest Water Authority
SRST Tribal Employment Rights Office
SRT Communications, Inc.
Tecta America Dakotas, LLC
Titan Machinery Inc.
TJMD, LLP
Trail King Industries
United Tribes Technical College
Volkmann Railroad Builders, Inc.
Wanzek Construction, Inc.
Yellowstone Electric Co.
 

Preventing Common Summer Injuries

June 26, 2017 – Summer in North Dakota means we can finally enjoy the (warm) outdoors and, hopefully, some quality family time. But summertime also means an increased risk for injuries. According to the National Safety Council, a total of 117,041 people died from preventable injuries in July and August from 2011 to 2015.

With a few common sense safety tips, you can help prevent some of the most common summer injuries:

  1. Playground Injuries
    According to the CDC, more than 200,000 children visit emergency rooms annually for playground-related injuries, including fractures and contusions. 45% of playground injuries are associated with lack of supervision. Keep your kids safe with tips from our Playground Safety Tipsheet.
  2. Traffic Crashes
    During the summer, family vacations add to road congestion and even more teenagers are on the road. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as a teen driver’s 100 Deadliest Days. Ensure safe travels this summer with tips from our Summertime Driving Safety Tipsheet.
  3. Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    In 2014, 244 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat. On average, 37 children die each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. Download these tip sheets to help you and your loved ones avoid heat-related illnesses this summer:
    Coping with Heat Stress
    Preventing Childhood Vehicular Heatstroke. 
  4. Drowning
    In 2013, 77% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those who drowned, 84% were not wearing a life jacket. While drowning is more common for children 5 and younger, it's the second leading cause of death for people ages 5-24. Stay safe in or around water this summer with these water safety tips.
  5. Biking
    According to Safe Kids, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by at least 45%, brain injury by 33%, facial injury by 27%, and fatal injury by 29%. Bicyclists of all ages can ride safe this summer with these simple tips from our Bike Safety Tip Sheet. Plus, ensure a properly fitting helmet by learning how to perform a helmet fit test.


NDSC Seeking Marketing Team Member

June 19, 2017 – The NDSC is searching for a Marketing Coordinator to help advance our mission statewide. If you are a marketing professional with design, writing, and project management skills, consider joining the NDSC’s marketing team! Submit your cover letter and resume to SerenaS@ndsc.org by Wednesday, June 28. Learn more on our careers page.


National Safety Month Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
Tips for Improving Sleep, Preventing Injuries

June 19, 2017 – Because an active shooter behaves erratically, they have no pattern and their victims are random. Being prepared is your best defense.

Active shooters can appear in public places such as movie theaters and malls, or in private workplaces. No matter where you are, remain as calm as possible and remember:

  • If you can flee, do so immediately
  • If you can’t flee, hide in an area where the shooter can’t see you
  • If you are behind a door, try to lock or block entry to it
  • Silence your phone
  • As a last resort, try to incapacitate the shooter. Keep moving and be distracting. In close range situations, fighting increases your chance of survival.

Download Free Resources
Participate in National Safety Month by downloading and sharing these free resources:

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Driver’s Education Students Receive Free
Alive at 25 Courses Thanks to State Farm, NDHP
 
June 15, 2017 -- Traffic crashes are the number one cause of death for drivers between the ages of 14 and 24. To help prevent teen driver fatalities in North Dakota, several schools have opted to include Alive at 25 in their summer driver’s education courses.
 
Alive at 25 is a 4.5 hour Defensive Driving Course offered through the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and taught by on-duty police officers. The program is designed to reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities for young drivers by focusing on behaviors, decision-making, and unique risks these drivers face every time they get behind the wheel.
 
Thanks to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Cass County Sheriff's Department, and special funding from State Farm, more than 370 students will receive the training for free. Schools implementing Alive at 25 include Devils Lake, Dickinson, Mandan, Northern Cass, Oaks, Trenton, Washburn, and Wilton. The NDSC and State Farm also partnered with West Fargo Police Department to bring the course to 120 students at Fargo South, Fargo North, and Fargo Davies High Schools for a reduced rate.
 
“Our goal is to get Alive at 25 to as many young drivers as possible, before a crash and before another teen dies on our roadways,” says Terry Weaver, NDSC traffic safety coordinator.
 
To learn more about Alive at 25, visit our Traffic Safety page or call (800) 932-8890.
 

Watco Companies Seeking EHS Coordinator

June 6, 2017 – Watco Companies is looking for applicants for their EHS Coordinator position. Requirements include two years of work experience in an industrial setting in environmental, health, and safety. To learn more or apply, go to www.watcocompanies.com/careers/join.


Local Volunteers Remind Drivers
to Stay Alert at Railroad Crossings

June 5, 2017 -- Every day in the U.S., drivers are injured or killed trying to beat a train through the crossing. Since January 2012 in North Dakota, there have been 116 vehicle-train collisions, injuring 75 people and killing 15.* Operation Lifesaver (OL) of the Dakotas is continuing their efforts to educate the public on safe crossing practices to ensure incident rates sustain a downward trend.

During Operation Lifesaver safety presentations, one of the messages focuses on the disproportionate weight ratio of a car compared to a train.

“When it comes to a collision between a car and a train, it’s no contest. Trains are made of solid steel and weigh an average of 6,000 tons. A car weighs one and half tons and is made of steel, plastic, and rubber,” says Serena Schmit, OL Dakotas interim coordinator.

This week, OL of the Dakotas, Canadian Pacific Police Service, and the North Dakota Safety Council are focusing safety efforts in northwest North Dakota. The main audience is professional drivers.

“When you have a vehicle carrying hazardous materials, the impact of a collision could be much greater,” says Schmit. “Plus, very often these drivers are on the road seven days a week. More hours on the road obviously means a greater chance of them crossing paths with a train. Plus, they’re more susceptible to growing complacent.”

The goal of this week’s safety efforts is to prevent incidents in North Dakota by reminding drivers to stay alert when approaching a highway-rail grade crossing. The program’s motto is simple: See tracks? Think train!

Volunteers will be hosting events in Carpio, Minot, and New Town. They are also calling on businesses, schools, or community organizations to schedule a safety presentation. The presentations are free and can be customized for any age or profession.

OL of the Dakotas reminds all drivers of these simple safety tips:

  • Be aware that trains can’t stop quickly - a freight train moving at 55 mph can take a mile or more to stop.
  • Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and potentially deadly.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks – proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing by 15 feet without stopping.
  • At a multiple track crossing, wait for the first train to pass and then watch out for a second train on the other track, approaching from either direction.
  • Always expect a train – freight trains do not follow set schedules.

To learn more or to schedule a free presentation, visit www.ndsc.org/operationlifesaver. To share safety tips with your friends and family go to www.facebook.com/oldakotas.

*Federal Railroad Administration Data, January 2012 through March 2017.


Lease Space Available at New NDSC Safety Campus

May 23, 2017 – The NDSC’s new hands-on safety training facility is under construction and set to open this August. The new facility includes a 1,000 square foot professional office space that is available for lease. Located at 1710 Canary Avenue, the building is centrally located and adjacent to Bismarck State College.

The second floor office includes stunning views of northwest Bismarck. The space is "build-to-suit", but is large enough to accommodate four offices; a large conference room; reception desk; mail/work area; and a spacious storage area. Other amenities include:

  • Access to a large balcony
  • Elevator access, ADA compliant
  • Shared break room
  • Multi-stall public restroom
  • Ample parking

See a suggested floor plan and more details here.

Guided tours are available by appointment. To learn more, contact Chuck Clairmont at cclairmont@ndsc.org or (701) 751-6101.


June is National Safety Month
Download and Share Free Resources
 
May 22, 2017 – Did you know one person dies every four minutes from something preventable like a car crash, poisoning, or a fall? Help us reverse this trend and bring the number down to zero. Join us as we raise awareness of what it takes to Keep Each Other Safe during National Safety Month.
 
Each week features a new topic and resources for you to download and share with your family, coworkers, and friends. By working together to share these safety messages, we can reduce preventable injuries and fatalities in North Dakota.

Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
• Tip Sheet - English & Spanish
• Related Articles

Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
• Tip Sheet - English & Spanish
• Related Articles:
    o Fatigue and Worker Safety 
    o Study Explores Which Jobs Have Higher Percentage of Sleep-Deprived Workers
• Social Media Graphic

Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
• Tip Sheet - English & Spanish
• Related Articles
    o Workplace Violence Prevention 
    o Workplace Violence: Know the Warning Signs
• Social Media Graphic

Week 4: Don't Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
• Tip Sheet - English & Spanish
• Related Articles
    o Office Worker Ergonomics 
    o Keep Safe Lifting a Priority
• Social Media Graphic

NDSC Members –log in to the Members-Only area to download 5-Minute Safety Talks – a member exclusive benefit! Forgot your password? Email membership@ndsc.org.
 

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The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS TO UNBLOCK INCOMING NDSC EMAILS.

If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.